Music Legend Paul Simon
“I was eating in a Chinese restaurant downtown. There was a dish called Mother and Child Reunion. It’s chicken and eggs. And I said, I gotta use that one.”
Have you ever looked down into your plate of food and gotten inspired? Most people feel inspiration in a sunrise, the ocean, a storm, or some other mighty and grandiose thing. What about the small things?
I have mentioned in an earlier episode of Daggers Of The Mind that it seems most of us blaze through life oblivious to the amazing wealth of information flowing over us like a river. If we tune in to it, so much new knowledge and yes, inspiration could be available.
A quote from another song writer:
“Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it.”
My source of inspiration is not going to be the same as yours. Identifying what your source is, is vitally important. Once you find what it is, grab it, feed it, nurture it, and never let it go. Your inspiration can be a powerful force to keep you going when everything else seems to be going to pot around you.
“Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.”
Being inspired is great, but using it as a tool for accomplishment is its ultimate end. Put your inspiration into action. Picasso painted, I like to write and podcast, some enjoy making something with their hands, or solving some problem that has been plaguing them for a while. Inspiration greases the skids to accomplishment, but to actually accomplish, you must get up and go for it.
In the very first episode of Daggers Of The Mind, the quote from Charles Shaughnessy was that his wife was his greatest inspiration. I must say that this is also true of myself. Dee is my greatest supporter and friend, the love of my life. Our life together has been the greatest blessing of my existence.
I’ve found my inspiration, now go find yours. It’s there just waiting for you!
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch
“People forget about books. They’re always just turning on the television, but reading a good book is the most nourishing thing you can do.”
Before there was television or movies, before pictures moved on the screen and told you what to think, there were books. A book is an amazing exercise in the creative part of your brain. When you read a story, instead of being shown everything, your brain automatically begins to supply the details and fleshes out the scene described. These mental gymnastics that are so good for us now lay dormant much of the time.
We have given up the creative in order to just observe and be led along a path of someone else’s choosing. Instead of allowing our imaginations to supply the details we are told about, we just have it laid in our laps, very tidy and easy to consume. Not very good for expanding your mind and imagination.
Reading is such an amazing ability, and we forget how wonderful it is. But for others, it’s not so great.
Sometimes it is easy to forget that there are many in our society who never learned to read. I have a hard time imagining what it would be like to look at words that didn’t automatically read for me. What kind of world would that be where all this gibberish was everywhere and you couldn’t tell what was being said?
There are literacy programs that can help adults who never learned how to read. I think these are wonderful, but I think a way to stop the cycle is to instill a LOVE of reading in children. If you get them to a place that they want to read on their own without being forced as a school assignment, it is enough to change their lives forever. That hunger for knowledge and mental stimulation will last a lifetime, and reading will supply the need.
There will be a link in the show notes for ProLiteracy programs that you can contact to help in your community.
Remember, reading is fun!
Groucho Marx said,
“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of dog, it’s too dark to read.”
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